zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at GABF 2011. Let me preface this by stating that I tried all of the sour ales (all 6) that Destihl brought to GABF and they were all fantastic. As I was sampling I noticed Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River had made his way behind the booth to talk to the brewer and sample as well (he knows a thing or 2 about great sour beers). Of the beers I tried this was the last of the 6, the only one I made notes on, and probably the best (although the Strawberry Ale and Sour Barley Wine were both different and quite nice). This one pours dark orange for lack of a better color descriptor. Light and pleasantly sour nose. Stunningly sour flavor, possibly the most sour beer I have ever tried, with noticeable lemons and raspberries. Outstanding. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 9, 2017
A superb framboise. Deep red beer with slick mouthfeel and a nicely tart flavor. Raspberry sweet, but not too sweet. A star of the show at Omaha’s Extreme Beerfest with Jess and the parents in 2017. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
GABF. Cloudy red pour. Aroma of sour raspberry jam, a little bit of lemon and a light cheesy, lactic funk. Sour raspberries, lactic sourness, fruity as hell, lots of wonderful things being made by this brewery! arminjewell (9669) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2011
On tap at GABF says aged for 4 years, pour was almost milky reddish pink with white head, aroma brought nice notes of raspberry, grapes, lots of funk and lemony lactic notes. Taste is very, very sour, lots of big lemony lactic notes but with a nice sweet and tart raspberry note, nice funky fruit skins and dusty barnyard, some cheesy notes, finishing tart and lemony, more raspberries in there as well. Really nice stuff. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2012
On tap at GTMW 2012
madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Circling around immediately to the Destihl tent I could not believe the line was so short. This sour was almost as excellent as the previous one though at this level I am just splitting hairs. Either are world class sours worth the drive to Bloomington, IL, to check out in person.
Aroma / Appearance - A sem-transparent reddish brown base was cloudy and murky. Raspberries fresh from the vine were almost as bright as a glass of 3F Hommage. This one holds nothing back.
Flavor / Palate - Raspberry jam on white toast hits the throat with raw power. Dry and vinegary it is almost too much to handle. Drunk in large quantities it might get abrasive but four to five ounces was the perfect amount. I definitely need to make the drive to their brewpub some time soon.
On tap at GTMW - Pours rosy amber with a ring of white head. Nose is raspberry--real fruit and seeds, with a touch of caramel. Mmm...a fruit bomb! Taste is mineral raspberry, light malt--real clean. Vinegar tart on the finish, with Smarties sweetness. Light and effervescent in the mouth. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. light red pour with a small off white head. tart rasp nose. med body - nice sourness / lactic acid presence - tart rasp. semi-dry tart rasp finish with more sour bacteria. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2011
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The aroma consists of big tart raspberries, sour lemon, and a touch of acetone. It’s a transparent abmer with a touch of haze and a small off-white ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tart raspberries before quickly being overtaken by mouthpuckering sour lemon and a touch of acetone. It’s light bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, this reminds me of a slightly more mild version of the good bottles of the Hanssens Experimental Raspberry that I’ve had. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5yr version on tap at GABF. Pours with a hazed copper to golden hued body with a minimal white head. Aromas are of vanillin, wood, oak, tart, cherries, musty funky and very acidic with only a mild acetic bite. Flavors are super acidic, bright cherries, wood, dry and acidic. Lovely! cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2012
GABF 2012. Tried this baby a few times over two nights. Pours a hazy reddish appearance with an off white head. Big raspberry, a bit seedy, vanilla, like oaky, vinous nose. Super tart, raspberry, red vinous, funky, quite sour flavor. Very nice stuff.